Catholic bishop opposes minimum wage increase

Catholic bishop opposes minimum wage increase

[Bucking a trend elsewhere of bishops calling for minimum wage increases]

Punch
Published May 28, 2017

The Catholic Bishop of [the Nigerian] Ekiti State, Most Rev. Alex Ajakaye, has advised labour unions to drop the idea of increase in minimum wage, but instead think of how to stimulate the economy.

He said seeking upward review of minimum wage was a bad idea, because it would come with maximum problem.

He also urged the Federal Government to revisit the report of the 2014 National Conference, saying the implementation of the report was the only way Nigeria could move forward.

Ajakaye stated these on Sunday during his homily at a service to mark the World Communication Day 2017 at Saints Patrick Catholic Cathedral, Ado Ekiti.

He was a delegate to the 2014 National Conference and co-chaired the Conference Committee on Religion with Dr. Nurudeen Lemu.

Ajakaiye said, “Minimum wage is a maximum problem. Instead of asking for increase in wages, why don’t you agitate for prompt payment of the one you are getting now.”

The Bishop said the Nigeria Labour Congress, instead, should focus attention on prompt payment of salaries and the stability of the value of the Naira [the national currency] as well as stable economy.

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2 comments on “Catholic bishop opposes minimum wage increase

  1. The Donald rubs off on Francis!

    Pope Francis Shocks Workers With Pro-Capitalism Pitch
    by Thomas D. Williams (Mr. Liz Lev), 28 May 2017

    Speaking to workers and business people in Italy’s port city of Genoa Saturday, Pope Francis surprised his hearers by praising entrepreneurship and touting the importance of healthy businesses for the economy.

    “There can’t be a good economy without good businessmen, without their capacity to create and to produce,” he said, shattering his reputation as an enemy of the free market economy.

    The Pope met with “representatives of the world of work,” including businessmen, workers and unemployed persons at the Ilva steel plant in Genoa Saturday, fielding their questions and reflecting with them on a Christian view of the economy.

    The Pope recognized that the essential value of work and employment is only possible when companies are sound and successful. Moreover, only an economically healthy society can keep a democracy afloat, he suggested.

    “The world of work is a human priority,” Francis said, “and it’s also a priority for the pope. There’s always been a friendship between the church and work, starting with Jesus, who was a worker.”

    “When work is weakened, it’s democracy that enters into crisis,” he said. “There’s a social compact.”

    Without denouncing unemployment benefits, Francis insisted that state intervention wasn’t a real solution. “A monthly check from the state that allows you to keep the family afloat doesn’t solve the problem. It has to be resolved with work for everyone,” he said.

    The Pope went on to underscore differences between healthy entrepreneurship and financial “speculation,” the latter of which he called both dangerous and unethical.

    “A sickness of the economy is the progressive transformation of business people into speculators,” Francis said. “A speculator is a figure similar to what Jesus in the gospels called ‘hired-hands’ as opposed to good shepherds.”

    Like a hired hand, Francis mused, a speculator “doesn’t love his company or his workers, since they are merely a means for making profits. He has no problem firing people, closing a factory or relocating the company,” because he doesn’t care about his workers but uses them simply as a means for increasing his profits.

    Francis also said that when competition goes too far and affects the internal life of a company, it becomes self-destructive.

    “The accent on competition, beyond being an anthropological and Christian error, is an economic error because it forgets that a company is above all about cooperation,” he said.

    “When it’s a system of individual incentives that puts workers into competition among themselves, you can obtain some advantages, but it ends up ruining the trust that’s the soul of any organization,” the Pope argued. “When a crisis comes, the company falls apart. It implodes, because there’s no longer any harmony.”

    This isn’t the first time that Pope Francis has shocked pundits by pointing out the important values of a free market economy.
    [more at the link]

  2. Back up the bus a minute. Marx taught that “work” was THE raison d’être of the socialist man, echoed by none other than (wait for it…….) JP II.

    Thus, if in fact Francis said what is reported it merely confirms him as a materialist and but one more obfuscator (I won’t say denier) of the primacy of the supernatural in the economy of Creation.

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